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Northern Health CEO set to retire

Cathy Ulrich stepping down after 20 years with health authority
Cathy Ulrich

The chief executive officer for Northern Health will be retiring this year.

The health authority announced the news Thursday, saying Cathy Ulrich will stay in her position until a successor is found. The process to find her replacement will begin this month.

“We would like to thank Cathy for her leadership over the years that she has served the Province as President & CEO of Northern Health,” said Colleen Nyce, chair of health authority’s board of directors.

"Northern Health has benefited from Cathy’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the people and the communities across the North."

Ulrich joined Northern Health in 2002, and has served in as president and CEO since 2007. Before that, she was vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer for the health authority for five years.

Commenting on the news, provincial health minister Adrian Dix thanked Ulrich for 20 years of service and her “many years as a nurse in rural and northern communities.”

“During her decades of dedicated service, she's made a meaningful difference in the lives of residents of northern British Columbia,” said Dix in a statement.

“I can personally attest to Cathy's hard-working nature and resilience, as I've had the pleasure of working with her during my time as Minister of Health, and especially during the past several years of the COVID-19 pandemic and toxic-drug crisis.”

Nyce says the health authority board of directors will begin the search for Ulrich’s replacement at its Feb. 13 board meeting.

Ulrich has committed to supporting the transition process when her replacement is hired, Nyce said.

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